Ensembles

Marching Band

The Lobo Marching Band is a great source of pride for both Little Elm High School and the community.  Over 200 members strong, the Lobo Band performs at all LEHS varsity football games, LEHS Homecoming Parade, Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, and the Little Elm Christmas Parade. The Lobo Band also competes yearly in local and area competitions and has been awarded numerous “Sweepstakes” awards by the University Interscholastic League.

The Lobo Band is directed by Frank Felice, Maxwell Atkinson, Matt Neal, and Kristen Zotti. The LEISD Band department team members include Amy Lawhead, Sarah Middleton, Steven Olmstead, and Kaleen Hernandez. The drum majors for this year are: Chloe Hill, Keaton Mikeska, and Jack Weikert. As with any successful student organization, the Lobo Band has a tremendous parent support group known as the Little Elm Band Boosters. The L.E.B.B. President for the 2019-2020 school year is Mac Sandoval.  The past president is Mr. Mark Frizzell. The directors and students of the Lobo Band would like to recognize the tremendous amount of work and support our boosters provide all students in the band program.

Past Marching Band Show Titles:
2004 Les Miserables
2005 Nascar
2006 Rise and Fall of Rome
2007 American Sketches
2008 Wizard of Oz
2009 Peterloo
2010 La Musique du Film Noir
2011 Mirage
2012 Victory
2013 The Roundtable
2014 A Timeless Tale
2015 Status Quo
2016 Caged Bird
2017 Connexus
2018 The Voyage
2019 The Music of Sight

Music (parts) and .mp3 recordings for the contest show can be found on Charms. Students will need to login to their Charms account to access these documents.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the premier ensemble within the Little Elm High School Band Department. Membership is selective and is determined through auditions twice a year. All band members may audition for the Wind Ensemble at the end of the Spring semester, then again at the end of the Fall semester. Auditions focus on scales, etudes, sight-reading, as well as the tone quality and musicianship of the performer.

The Wind Ensemble performs frequently throughout the year, including the UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest, as well as other events at the discretion of the director. Membership in the Wind Ensemble requires frequent before-school and after-school practices and performances. All students enrolled in Wind Ensemble meet daily, as well as once a week for sectionals/masterclasses.

The Wind Ensemble has been awarded numerous UIL Superior Ratings, as well as Superior Ratings at other competitions. The focus of this ensemble is to expose band members to quality music or music of high artistic merit. Music from different time periods as well as various genres are performed, as well as standards of the wind band literature.

Symphonic Winds

The Symphonic Winds is the second performing ensembles within the Little Elm High School Band Department. Membership is determined through auditions twice a year. All band members go through an audition process at the end of the Spring semester, then again at the end of the Fall semester. Auditions focus on scales, etudes, sight-reading, as well as the tone quality and musicianship of the performer.

The Symphonic Winds performs frequently throughout the year, including the UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest, as well as other events at the discretion of the director. Membership in the Symphonic Winds requires frequent before-school and after-school practices and performances. All students enrolled in this class rehearse daily during a fifty minute class period. In addition to the rehearsal schedule, Symphonic Winds members meet once a week for sectionals/masterclasses.

The Symphonic Winds has been awarded numerous awards at various competitions, including UIL Concert & Sight-reading Contest. The focus of this ensemble is to expose band members to quality music or music of high artistic merit. Music performed by students in this ensemble is meant to increase the students reading ability, strengthen fundamental performance practices, develop good overall tonal and intonation concepts and develop a higher level of musicianship.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is the third performing ensemble within the Little Elm High School Band Department. Membership is determined through auditions twice a year. All band members go through an audition process at the end of the Spring semester, then again at the end of the Fall semester. Auditions focus on scales, etudes, as well as the tone quality and musicianship of the performer.

Symphonic Band members will have the opportunity to perform a minimum of three concerts within the school year; Fall Concert, Christmas Concert and Spring Concert.  The Symphonic Band may also compete in a concert festival in the spring semester.  Membership in the Symphonic Band requires frequent before-school and after-school practices and performances. All students enrolled in Symphonic Band rehearse daily during a fifty minute class period.  In addition to the daily rehearsal schedule, Symphonic Band members meet once a week for sectionals/masterclasses.

The focus of this ensemble is to serve as a training band for students to gain a better fundamental knowledge of the skills needed to perform successfully at a high level.  Music performed by students in Symphonic Band is meant to increase the students reading ability, strengthen fundamental performance practices, develop good overall tonal and intonation concepts and develop a higher level of musicianship.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble at Little Elm High School is one of the most popular organizations within the band department. Membership is selective and is determined through auditions in the Fall semester. The conductor of the Jazz Ensemble is Mr. Kevin Swaim. Mr. Swaim is a professional trumpet player who performs in several jazz groups around the DFW metroplex. Mr. Swaim has performed with the One O’Clock Lab Band while at UNT and has several recordings with UNT as both a performer and composer.

The Jazz Ensemble will be performing frequently throughout the year, including select jazz competitions. Membership in this ensemble requires frequent before-school and/or after-school practices and performances. Such rehearsals may include sectionals and/or small group rehearsals. The goal of the Jazz Ensemble is to expose LEHS band students to the medium of jazz, the various styles in jazz literature, as well as the art of improvisation.

Color Guard

2019 Scholastic Open Results:
WGI World Championships – 6th Place
NTCA Championships – 1st Place
WGI Denton Super Regional – 3rd Place
WGI Austin Regional – 3rd Place
NTCA – Summit HS – 2nd Place
WGI Dallas Regional – 5th Place
NTCA – Coppell HS – 2nd Place

Membership

Membership in these ensembles is determined by the following various factors:  auditions (Fall & Spring), *academic and band grades (as they pertain to UIL participation), overall work ethic and participation from the previous semester/year.  Audition scores are based on scales, etudes, and sight-reading.  Directors will determine the material for auditions and post at least two weeks before auditions occur.

* Students in band are held to a high academic standard.  Part of the requirement for band placement is the ability to stay academically eligible throughout the school year.  Students who wish to be a part of the Wind Ensemble / Symphonic Winds (UIL ensembles), are required to maintain this eligibility.  Should a pattern of ineligibility become an issue, the student may not participate in these ensembles the following semester, pending their ability to demonstrate they can remain eligible for the semester.  During marching band season, these students will serve as alternates and be required to complete separate work to maintain their grade in band, in lieu of the performance requirements.

Requirements per ensemble

Each director will set the requirements for their respective classes, depending on the ability level of the class and the objectives for the semester.  ALL band students are required to attend all rehearsals and performances of the ensembles in which they are involved.  Failure to attend a performance, without prior notice and/or approval, could result in the loss of performing with the group, a failing summative grade, and/or the possibility of being removed from the ensemble.  All LEHS Band students are also required to turn in recordings each week for a summative grade, determined by the director.  Daily participation will count toward a formative grade each week, as does the required sectional/masterclass.  The number of grades given per quarter will be determined by the director, following LEHS grading guidelines.

**Students performing with the LEHS Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds, the premier concert ensembles, are also strongly encouraged to audition annually for the All-Region Band and participate in the Spring Solo & Ensemble Contest.